i Cryptic Crossword 2173 Monk

January 25, 2018

It’s Monk, and it’s a Saturday reprint, so it’s on the tough side to say the least. To be fair I managed most of this in pretty good time, feeling somewhat pleased with myself when I got some of the more obscure answers – LOUCHELY and CHACE for example – but came a little unstuck at the close on 5ac, 7d, 21d and 20d. Throughout the wordplay was pretty fair, so no complaints. Oh, apart from the great big obscurity in 13ac (Mr BATT) that left me unsure of an answer I was only 90% sure was correct in a corner of the grid I was struggling with.

There’s a theme which I wish I’d spotted as it would have cleared up those last few answers quite nicely thank you. Look at the first and penultimate letters of each answer…

18d and 22d I suspect may have offended one or two solvers today.

COD? 1ac – “Source of lies that hurts a clergyman’s office in a sinister way (8)”.

To September 2013:


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2173 Monk”

  1. AndyT said

    Huh. The best that I’m prepared to say about this puzzle – which is entirely typical of Monk’s output – is that upon filling in the last answer there’s a satisfaction to be had much like that one would feel if one had just stuck one on the playground bully. Turgid, unsporting and smart-alecky. Loathed it.

  2. dtw42 said

    Well, that’s the second one this week that I’ve given up on, just because I couldn’t get more than six or seven in. Perhaps my grey cells are dying off.

  3. sprouthater said

    AndyT has summed it up to a T.

  4. Cornick said

    Oh well, sorry to be out of step with the regulars, but I loved it. Although I had to lock myself in isolation to finish, it was solvable without recourse to electronic aid, which must mean something.
    The Mike Batt clue was totally unfair if you’ve never heard of the Wombles man, but if you have then it’s a joy! 23a, 26a, 27a, 28a and 18d were also terrific, I thought.
    However, the hidden jiggery-pokery was completely lost on me.

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